“If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing”  –Wharton Esherick

The Wharton Esherick Museum celebrates and preserves the legacy of American artist Wharton Esherick, who worked primarily in wood to create furniture, furnishings, utensils, interiors, buildings and more.

A National Historic Landmark for Architecture, his hilltop studio/residence, with more than 300 of his works on exhibition, has been preserved much as it was when the artist lived and worked there.

We invite you to visit the Museum through a guided experience for which reservations are required.


“A complete expression of one man’s intensely personal fusion of fine craftsmanship with the wild flights of the imagination.”

Anne d'Harnoncourt, former director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

“Fun, neat, creative, colorful, comfortable, smooth, flowing, exciting, cool, twisty, wavy, and extraordinary.”

Second graders describe their visit to the Wharton Esherick Museum
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Upcoming Events

Second Sunday Tour

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The 26th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition

Wharton Esherick brilliantly integrated lighting into his work, as seen in his knock-out 1958 Cabinet Desk, which delights the user with lights that turn on when a drawer is pulled open, or the light-activating closet and cabinet doors throughout the Studio. In this 26th year of our annual exhibition, we celebrate innovative approaches to lighting. 

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When you support the Wharton Esherick Museum you give the gift of wonder. Every visitor to the Wharton Esherick Museum delights in the indelible creative spirit that defined Esherick’s life and work, and your gift will provide that wonder for generations to come. Our donors and members provide the critical financial support we need as a donor-dependent organization to preserve and share Wharton’s legacy. 

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